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Volume 22: debated on Monday 19 April 1982

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On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. I tabled a question to the Secretary of State for Education and Science for oral answer today. It was on the Order Paper until last Thursday evening, but it appears that—

Order. Will the hon. Member for Caernarvon (Mr. Wigley) be kind enough to wait? I shall deal with his point of order at the end of Question Time if he would like to save time.

That would be too late, Mr. Speaker. Question 162 W, as it appears now, should have been answered orally before 3.30 this afternoon.

It is addressed to the Secretary of State for Education and Science. It was transferred on Thursday evening. I had no notification of that until I arrived here today.

I now realise what has happened. It is unfair to the hon. Member that a question that has been on the Order Paper for two days should be transferred with no indication being given to him. There is nothing that I can do today to put the matter right, other than to ensure that the mistake does not occur again.

On a point of order, Mr. Speaker. On the second page of the Order Paper, the List question, standing in the name of my hon. Friend the Member for Welwyn and Hatfield (Mr. Murphy), has no number or asterisk against it. Does that mean that it has appeared on the Order Paper by mistake, or that it is question No. 21, which you will call when you come to it?

The hon. Member for Tiverton (Mr. Maxwell-Hyslop) is right to draw my attention to the fact that, due to a human error from up above, question No. 21 is not numbered on the Order Paper.